New Delhi: Match 6 of VIVO IPL 2018 against the Delhi Daredevils will be a special occasion for the Rajasthan Royals, not only because it will be their first home game of the season, but also because it will be the team’s return to their fortress in a long time.
RR, DD will also look to register a victory after their loss against Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Delhi Daredevils come into this match after being blown away by KXIP’s KL Rahul in their season opener. DD posted 166-7 a respectable total on most occasions, but were caught off guard as Rahul got stuck into their bowlers and set a new mark for the fastest half-century in the IPL.
Delhi Daredevils on the other hand has a fairly balanced team on paper. With the likes of Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, their strength is definitely in their deep batting line-up.
RR will be served well if he can bat in fifth gear throughout, for the team has depth in batting and can afford their batsmen to play aggressively. Ben Stokes, the most-expensive signing at the IPL Player Auction 2018, hasn’t been in the best of batting forms recently, but RR will hope he can start hitting a few balls out of the park soon.
Ajinkya Rahane has scored more runs against the Delhi Daredevils than against any other IPL opponent; in 15 matches against DD, Rahane has an aggregate of 632 runs which includes nine innings of 40 or more at an average of 63.20.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 16, Rajasthan Royals won – 10, Delhi Daredevils won – 6
In Jaipur: Matches – 4, Rajasthan Royals won – 3, Delhi Daredevils own – 1
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C ), Ankit Sharma, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, D’Arcy Short, Dushmantha Chameera, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, S Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin, Prashant Chopra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler, Heinrich Klaasen, Zahir Khan and Rahul Tripathi.
Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Manjot Kalra, Glenn Maxwell, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Shahbaz Nadeem, Naman Ojha, Rishabh Pant, Harshal Patel, Jason Roy, Vijay Shankar, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Avesh Khan, Trent Boult, Daniel Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.